David Rodigan - My Life in Reggae
David Rodigan to publish autobiography "My Life In Reggae" The book will be released 2nd March 2017.
This is the unlikely story of David Rodigan: an Army sergeant's son
from the English countryside who has become the man who has taught the
world about Reggae.
As the sound of Jamaica has morphed over five
decades through a succession of different genres - from Ska and Rock
Steady, to Dub, Roots and Dancehall - Rodigan has remained its constant
champion, winning the respect of generation after generation of Reggae
followers across the globe.
Today, at the age of 63, he is a
headline performer at almost all the UK's big music festivals, as well
as events across the world. Young people revere him and he is a leading
presenter on the BBC's youth network 1Xtra as well as a regular fixture
at leading nightclubs such as London's Fabric and at student unions
throughout the land. And he continues to go into the heartlands of
Reggae, to the downtown dancehalls of Kingston and Montego Bay in
Jamaica to compete in tournaments against the greatest sound systems.
yet, for all of this, he is the antithesis of the stereotype
of an international dance music DJ. 'I look like an accountant or a
dentist,' he admitted to The Independent a decade ago. A man of
impeccable manners, Rodigan prepares for a big sound clash by retiring
to his hotel bed with a Thomas Hardy novel before taking a nap and then a
cup of espresso before heading to the club.
the inside story of this apparent paradox. It tells how a boy from
Kidlington has become an admired international ambassador for a music
form that remains as proud as ever of its African roots, a sound that
emanates from and fiercely represents the ghetto poor. He now reaches
across the age groups, from teens through to those of his own vintage.
At the pinnacle of his career, Rodigan has become the DJ for all
'Rodigan was a major part of my childhood, he played the hottest
tunes and in a style that just resonated with me and millions like me.
Being able to contribute anything to a man that filled my life with such
joy is an honour, respect' Ian Wright
'He's a pioneer in Reggae music. As a selector and radio personality, his
vast knowledge of Jamaican music and its culture has helped to educate
and fascinate music lovers around the world; he's an amazing son of the
music, and an icon. We couldn't have made it this far without him'
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